After Christmas, we took a family trip to Stone Mountain, Georgia to see some “snow”. We had been to Stone Mountain last Easter weekend and had a great time. While we were there we learned about their annual event known as Snow Mountain. We knew that we had to return for it and have the kids see their first snow. Being from St. Louis, I have seen my fair share of snowy, cold winters, but our kids (being Florida babies) had yet to experience it. We figured Snow Mountain was the closest place to travel to see some. The snow is man made from the lake that surrounds the mountain and then is blown onto a hill in front of the mountain for tubing. It was a blast! My favorite was the family tube that can hold up to five people, you are dropped off of a belt onto the hill for some super fast sledding. Or you can have your own tube and race each other down the hill. The best part is the time saving “ski lift” that takes you back up the hill. It reminded me a lot of the water slides at Adventure Island, but with snow. At the bottom, they blow snow all over so you can build snowmen or snow forts or have a snow ball fight. This snow was pretty wet, not the powdery kind, but perfect for making a decent snow ball.
It was rainy the first day we were there, so we decided to go to the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. It is the world’s largest aquarium, and the day we were there, the most crowded! After being in D.C. I would say it’s like the Smithsonian of aquariums. It was wall to wall people, but we still enjoyed ourselves and saw some amazing things: Beluga whales, 4 whale sharks, manta rays, otters, penguins, octopus and much more!
Let the snowy fun begin at Snow Mountain! It was so cold we had to bundle up! Most nights it was in the 30’s, so we had on lots of layers. And being from Florida we were frozen by the end of the night, our bodies just aren’t used to that kinds of weather. Your time is broken up into 2 hour sessions that you choose through out the day. We wanted an evening session, so we chose the 6-8pm time slot. I wish we had longer, we were having so much fun.
The last day we spent roaming around the park. We took the Sky Lift 1,686 ft. up to the top of the mountain. What a breath taking sight, you can see for miles…downtown Atlanta and the surrounding Appalachian Mountains. There is so much to do and see here. At the base of the mountain is a park with shops, restaurants and a train that takes you all the way around the mountain. For Christmas every thing was lit up and decorated and they even have a Snow Angel that visits, flying through the sky to end the evening with fireworks! This was the perfect 3 day get away!